Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Health Care; Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Pre-Physician Assistant Program Concentration Overview

Physician assistants are trained medical professionals who practice medicine under physician supervision. The Pre-Physician Assistant program concentration at the University of Mary is designed to prepare you for a physician assistant training program, which you will need to complete (along with a national certification exam) to be licensed.

The 10-course pre-professional Physician Assistant concentration can be taken as part of any major and includes a strong background in biology and the natural sciences.

Program Highlights

  1. Designed for your future success

    Gain valuable pre-professional preparation for a career as a physician assistant while working toward your bachelor’s degree at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.

  2. Experienced faculty

    Learn from top faculty who bring professional expertise and real-world insights to their classes.

  3. Focused on leadership, service and values

    Develop the skills to lead as an ethical member of the medical community in a professional program concentration grounded in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values of the University of Mary.

Career Outlook for Physician Assistants

Opportunities abound

Physician assistants can work in any health care setting, including primary care offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. With additional postgraduate training, physician assistants may also choose to specialize in a particular field of medicine (such as surgery or pediatrics).

Growth and earning potential

The job market for Physician Assistants is projected grow an astounding 31% from 2018 to 2028, over four times the national average for all occupations. In 2019, physician assistants earned median annual salaries of $112,260.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Required Education for Physician Assistants

To become a licensed physician assistant, you must obtain formal training through an educational program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). These programs often require applicants to have bachelor's degrees and some experience in the field of health care. Physician assistants are also required to participate in continuing education programs and re-certify periodically.

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


In addition to the Pre-Physician Assistant concentration, the University of Mary offers the following pre-professional concentrations which you can add to your bachelor’s degree program:

At the University of Mary, you also have a number of options for earning your bachelor’s degree. While most undergraduate programs are taken at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, we also offer selected bachelor’s degree programs online and via flexible evening classes that meet one night each week.